You know those "girly" questions you've been embarrassed to ask your mom, your BFF, or even your gynecologist?
To save you from those awkward conversations—and help you know more about your lady parts—check out this list of FAQs and their corresponding answers:
"Is it safe to whiten my singit?"
It can be, as long as you use a product specifically formulated for it. Remember: The skin down there is extra sensitive. Choose a feminine wash infused with natural skin-lightening extracts, like pH Care Naturals Intimate Wash with Papaya Extract. Its gentle formula cleans and helps lighten your bikini area.
"Can I use my whitening soap on my bikini area?"
Whitening products intended for the face and body, such as soaps, may not be safe to use on your private parts. These often contain harsh lightening or bleaching ingredients, which can harm the sensitive skin of your intimate area and even alter your natural acidity. Once you disrupt the balance of your feminine area, you are more prone to irritations and infections.
"How long does it take to whiten the singit?"
Results vary from person to person, but it usually takes several weeks up to a couple of months before you see any improvement. Your progress also depends largely on the amount of friction to which your skin is exposed.
To speed up the process, opt for soft, breathable underwear like cotton panties, and steer clear of rough fabrics and tight pieces of clothing—especially skin-tight pants—to minimize the friction on your groin.
"Is waxing really a must?"
Getting a Brazilian has its perks—your intimate area feels and looks cleaner, for one thing—but it's not mandatory.
For those who love stripping it all off, however, proceed with caution. Though it's safe when done properly, waxing has been linked to increased cases of wart growth and can even up your risk for catching viruses (such as the human papillomavirus or HPV, and herpes) through accidental tears or breaks in the skin of your intimate area.
"What's the normal amount of discharge?"
As long as the discharge you see is clear and mucus-like, you're most likely okay. The amount varies from woman to woman and depends on the time of the month, too. It's normal to have more secretions pre-ovulation, and less before your period starts. But if you see a change in color accompanied by a strong odor or itching, check with your doctor immediately to rule out an infection.
"How should I smell down there?"
A Pinay OB-gyn says that women's natural flora, a.k.a. good bacteria, give off "a mild scent that is not foul-smelling." Sweat and urine can also affect your scent down there, but with the right feminine hygiene, you won't have to worry about odor. Just be wary if it starts smelling like rotten fish or cheese. It could be a sign of an infection.
"Is it possible to over-cleanse?"
Yes. Fast fact: Your external genitalia is more delicate compared to the rest of your body and requires a pH level of 5 to stay healthy. Too much cleansing—and using harsh soaps—can disrupt your pH level.
To avoid the risk of infection, use a pH-balanced feminine wash like pH Care.
It helps provide natural anti-bacterial protection against odor, itching, and irritation. Use pH Care every day for all-day freshness.
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